BassWestUSA - March/April, 2011, Page 69


Mastering the Sapo Buzz Frog

Part 1 of 3



El Grande Sapo toad is a great bait to throw in post spawn conditions says PAA pro Kurt Dove of Del Rio, Texas. What we see a lot down here in southwest Texas and in many other corners of the country where I have shed on tour says Kurt, is that as the spawn comes to an end in late spring, it can be a tough time to sh. That’s because the sh are just coming off the beds, they’re struggling with exhaustion from the rigors of nesting, and they’re in that post spawn funk. One of the keys to catching these sh I’ve found is using a bait that creates a reac- tion strike. If you put something slow and subtle in front of them, they’re not as apt to eat it as they’re just coming off the beds. So the reaction bait is an excellent way to cover a lot of water, to trigger an instinctive strike, and the El Grande Sapo is a fantastic way to target postspawn bass that are holding in thick cover recuperating from the spawn. Keep in mind, it won’t take terribly long to shake off that postspawn funk, and once they begin to recover, then they will start feeding heavily! What I really like about the Sapo is it has a unique size. The Sapo comes in a medium size pro le that’s perfect, unlike most other buzz frog lures that come in large sizes or very small sizes. The other thing is it has a slim body pro le so that you have excellent hook-ups and the slender pro le works through thick cover without getting hemmed up like typical wide-bodied frogs. The Sapo has got fantastic action in the legs and what's very cool is that the feet on the Sapo, they actually point outward. What that does is to create more disruption on a bigger portion of the water surface. So it gives the appearance of a big bait because of the way it disturbs the water, since its feet face out instead of facing in like most other frogs' feet. I typically like to use a single 4/0 hook in the Sapo. I like to rig it on 65 lb Toray Black- water braided line and even on heavy line, this bait can be worked in open water because the sh react to the surface turmoil it makes, disregarding the attached line. It can also be worked around vegetation, around riprap, along the side of docks, even skipped under- neath docks and also around laydowns. It’s very distinct bubbling action can generate a vicious strike around any kind of cover or even open water. It comes in several different col- ors but my two favorites are Toad which is black with a dark grey belly and Black/Yellow. Simply, Toad is a darker color for low light conditions and Black/Yellow with its yellow belly is a lighter color for brighter conditions. It’s worth noting that several exciting new Sapo colors are planned for the future. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 where Kurt Dove will go into great detail on the equipment and tactics he uses, how to set the hook and more. BWU

March/April 2011